Remembering Kathy Kriegler

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Kathy Kriegler

Kathleen Ann Kriegler of Ames, Iowa died on December 3, 2016 at Mary Greeley Medical Center, Oncology Unit after a nearly two year fight with ovarian cancer.

Kathy was born July 16, 1955 in Omaha, Nebraska and was adopted on December 21, 1956 by Peter Paul and Bernice Matilda (Smidt) Kriegler. She grew up in South Omaha, Nebraska, moved with her parents to Willow Park, Illinois, and then moved to and graduated from Grand Island, Nebraska in 1973.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University Of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1976. She received her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Kathy taught music at Archbishop Ryan High School in Omaha, and as an Education Tech in the census division of Omaha Public Schools. Kathy worked as a therapist in Eppley Treatment Center at Methodist Hospital in Omaha and then became the Program Coordinator of Counseling & Student Development at University of Nebraska Medical Center.

In the spring of 2004, she moved to Ames, Iowa to begin her life with Norma J Dowell, daughter of Simeon Gordon and Eva Olene (Cain) Dowell. Kathy and Norma married on May 23, 2009. Kathy worked for UnityPoint Health in Des Moines, the Richmond Center in Ames, Iowa and then became a sole practitioner with Fifth Street Mental Health Professionals in Ames where she worked until she was forced to retire because of her illness in the fall of 2016.

Kathy was an accomplished euphonium player in her youth. Upon moving to Ames, she became a member of the Ames Municipal Band, played in small ensembles, and participated in Tuba Christmas.

Kathy was proceeded in death by her adopted parents, her brother Paul Kriegler, and her biological parents, Grace (Luna) Rodriguez, and Edward Frank Schaeffer. Left to cherish her memory is her wife, Norma Jean Dowell, her son Jordan Paul Kriegler, her sisters, Dee (Craig) Demuth of Union, Maine, Chris Pedigo (Dan) Brown of Flagstaff, Arizona, Loretta Bennett of Stockton, California, Irene Schaeffer of Phoenix, Arizona, Carol Schaeffer of Prescott, Arizona, Louise Schaeffer of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Brenda Schaeffer of Flagstaff Arizona, her brothers, Frank Schaeffer and Jim Schaeffer of Phoenix, Arizona, and a host of in-laws, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Read Kathy’s full obituary here.

Memorials may be sent to the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance.

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Remembering Chris Werner

Our condolences go out to the family and friends of Chris Werner, who lost his two-year battle with esophageal cancer on December 8, 2016. He was 40 years old.

Chris Werner

Chris Werner

Prior to joining Lakeland University’s faculty in 2013 as assistant professor of music and band director, Werner served as instrumental music teacher and music department chair at La Crosse (Wis.) Central High School. He was conductor of the Central Wind Ensemble, pep band, Grand Central Station Show Band and instructor of music theory.

Werner received his Doctor of Musical Arts in wind conducting from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in 2005 where he was also a graduate assistant with UNL Bands. He has the distinction of being the first University of Nebraska DMA recipient of the Wind Conducting degree and also the first Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts F. Pace Woods Scholar in Music. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and master of music degree in wind conducting from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Werner often returned to UNL to be a clinician at the UNL Middle School Band Camp. His last visited in July 2016.

A memorial service will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford with Father Phil Juza officiating. Visitation will be held at the church from 9 AM until the time of services at 11 AM. Cremainal interment will take place at Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery, Medford. More information is available here.

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If you purchased from ArtFx in November, your orders are ready. If you paid for the shipping, they are on their way. If you said you were going to pick them up, they are now available at the ArtFX Lincoln office.

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ArtFX Lincoln
7400 Crosslake Lane, Lincoln
M-F 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
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Cornhusker Marching Band Highlights Concert

It’s show time as the Cornhusker Marching Band Highlights Concert returns to the Lied Center for Performing Arts on December 11, 2016 at 7:30 PM. Come experience the sights and sounds of the Pride of all Nebraska as they perform halftime shows from the 2016 season, their Pregame Spectacular and much more!

Photos of 2016 Cornhusker Marching Band

Photos by Rose Johnson/Glenn Korff School of Music and UNL Bands

Following the concert, the UNL Band Alumni Association, Inc. is hosting a reception for current and alumni members of the Cornhusker Marching Band. Please stop by and congratulation the CMB on a fantastic season.

Ticket information:
Adults $20
Students/Seniors $10
Tickets are on sale through the Lied Center Box office, 402-472-4747.

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Merchandise Opportunity!

Hello Band Alumni!

My name Is Joey Regan and I am the treasurer for Kappa Kappa Psi. Every year, we do a band clothing fundraiser, so if you’ve been wanting to get your band clothing items this year, now is your chance! The website to access the order is located at the end of this post. The first round will be from today, September 14 through this Friday, September 16. You will get another chance in a few weeks to order again. There are many items for current members, alumni, and there are more options for parents this year, so be sure to share it with your friends and family! The women’s band jackets are back this year as well as a car decal. If you have any questions about anything, feel free to email me at Thanks!

**PS: We ask that the marching band jackets are limited to current and former CMB members, so if you are not or have not been a member, please do not purchase one.

Band Clothing Website:



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